I can't even describe how thrilled I am for my friends Jon & Celia! They are expecting the arrival of their TWIN GIRLS in just a few short weeks. I remember praying for these two to have a baby... and now God has given them two at once! I still can't believe it and love God's sense of humor. What a delight these two girls will be to their mommy and daddy. And don't you agree that Celia is just rockin' that sweet bump?! Love this beautiful mama!
Oh I can just taste the warmth on the horizon... Chicago has almost made it through the long dreary winter months. I'm looking back with fondness to this senior session we caught on a beautiful fall day just before the cold settled in. Rebekah has the cutest laugh and the most piercing blue eyes. And isn't she a natural in front of the camera?
Rebekah, you are a smart young woman with so much life ahead of you. I can't wait to see where this life takes you!
Welcome to the world little Daniel! You are one lucky little guy- your family is darling and so very excited for you to be here, especially your big brother Josiah! He has all kinds of fun in store for you! And let me tell you, they are so blessed to have you too! You are such a sweet little one!
This sweetheart of a kid turned 1! Hooray!!! He's such a darling with such a gentle, kind, and so very chill personality... love this kid! Caleb, you've got a bright future little one! Keep exploring this great big world- you will love so much about it.
We couldn't have asked for better weather on a November evening- the perfect golden sun and pictures that just scream beautiful fall. Feeling all the warm fuzzies in spite of the cold rain hitting Chicago right now. Ahhh take me back!
Well, I think it's time to introduce my little family on here... meet the two guys that are my deepest joy, my husband Austin and our little guy Wyatt. Austin and I met in college, started dating while I was in grad school, and got married the summer after he graduated. We have been married four years- the best four years! And this past year has been one of the most exciting yet as well welcomed our son Wyatt. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I never quite knew how MUCH of a delight being a mommy would be!
I also want to say thank you to all the families that have supported me pursuing this passion of mine as I've stepped away from a full time job and into being a mommy and part time photographer this past year. I absolutely love getting to spend my days with Wyatt and doing the momma nap-time (and late into the night) hustle to deliver my best work to you all. Again, thank you- you've made this possible!
And finally, here are a few of my favorite pictures of our little adventure at Kuipers Family Farm (GREAT Place!) this fall. Wyatt was just taking it all in (literally eating all the apples!). Hah! Thank you to our dear friend Katie Garrett for snapping some pictures for us!
Photo Credit: Katie Garrett
Oh goodness.... this boy is seriously such a happy chunk of sweetness! This baby is so very loved and adored and you can just tell by his happy personality. Isn't he just so kissable with his baby smooshiness!? I know, I know, that isn't even a real word, but you know what I'm talking about, right?
And I'll admit it.... I actually squealed out loud of happiness as I was opening these images to edit (this happens quite often!). I just love my job and love capturing these beautiful moments!
PIES! Ohhhh my.... The last few years it has become a tradition for Leah to bring a chocolate cream pie for Thanksgiving. As if I didn't love Thanksgiving already... now it's even better! I don't know how anyone can resist the decadence of a homemade chocolate cream pie (my absolute favorite if you couldn't tell by now!).
Here's the best part.... Leah is now selling her pies locally in the western suburbs of Chicago. If you don't live here... I'm so sorry, you are missing out big time! Head over to her brand new website www.tandempie.com featuring some photos I took of her delicious pies... here are a few teasers for you.
And now that you are all craving pies... I'm a little bit sorry, but not really... go buy one and fill your bellies with all the goodness of a homemade pie!
Nicholas, Derrick, and Bradley... One year later and still cute as ever! I loved watching these boys interact and simply be boys! Running around racing, hugging each other tight, piling over one another, exploring the nature around them- these boys are awesome! What a sweet family!
Remember seeing sweet Emma here two years ago... and then her little brother came along... and it's already been a whole YEAR?! Where does the time go!? Well, let me tell you, they just keep getting sweeter and sweeter!
Loved having the Case family in front of the lens again. Too cute!
I can't tell you how much I enjoy meeting new people like these two little cousins Ada & Cameron and their lucky parents! We had the perfect fall morning together with happy babies and warm sun. Aside from these adorable little people, my favorite part was seeing the pure joy in the faces of the new parents. What a truly beautiful family! They were the sweetest to work with and it is honestly so hard to pick out only a few favorite images... enjoy friends!
I met Sarah when she was still in middle school 5 years ago... she was the bubbly outgoing gal that would talk to everyone and anyone... and lucky for the rest of us, that hasn't changed. The thing I adore about her is that she is so very good at pursuing others and making them feel absolutely loved and at home. She is pursuing great things in life and I couldn't be prouder.
She's simply beautiful.
Sarah, I wish you all the best in your life endeavors. You shine bright out there sister!
I had the privilege of meeting fresh little miss Genevieve a few days ago. I just can't get over how darling she is! Every time I have the honor of photographing a brand new baby, I am simply in awe. Those tiny perfect toes, fine little hairs covering her little body, the cute sounds, perfectly formed little lips, nose, eyes, and ears, on and on!
And I think you'll agree, that she was born into the sweetest little family! She has adoring parents and such a good big brother and sister who are all in love with her. She is sure to be doused in kisses! One of my favorite moments today was when three year old Ellie sweetly said, "She's so beautiful mommy." I agree Ellie, your precious baby sister is simply beautiful!
Congratulations Royster family!
All kinds of smiles for this beautiful family! We ventured to the most beautiful little park with all kinds of wild flowers and weeping willows and let me tell you, these kiddos are just too cute! Their little personalities definitely shone through- you've got your sweet princess that is all smiles for the camera, a little inquisitive beauty that simply enjoyed examining the different types of leaves, and the little explorer who just loved climbing and running around- typical boy, am I right?! And your rockstar mom- so beautiful and such a joy to watch as she tenderly cared for her kiddos. And lastly.... Dad won MVP for the day when he climbed into the tall grasses and wild flowers to reach the special purple flowers for the girls! So very sweet!
Happy 3rd Anniversary to these love birds! They are such a perfect match for each other... he's the charming engineer/history buff and she's his beautiful detailed bride. And I wish I could explain their fun interaction I got to witness while taking these snaps!
Loved spending time capturing your beautiful smiles! Here's to many more years of rich marriage!
Hunting, fishing, camping... she's down for it. This spunky girl is full of fun-loving personality and livin' the dream in the great outdoors. My kind of girl! And did I mention how STUNNING she is.... look at those beautiful piercing eyes and flawless skin. Ahhh... love her!
Korinne, here's to a great senior year! Live it up girl- your future is promising!
I am convinced that there isn't anything much sweeter than a brand new squishy baby. Who can resist staring at the intricately woven details of a brand new human being and watching the sweetness of their every sleepy move?
I'd like to introduce you all to this perfect 6 pound 14 ounce bundle of sweetness- Jonah Ryan! He is already so very loved, and his parents couldn't be prouder! Congratulations Jake & Erika!
Now enjoy anew the wonder of a brand new little human and his sweet little family...
I love seeing the glow and excitement of a new momma and daddy as they anxiously await their little one's arrival. Jake & Erika are in the home stretch to meeting their lil' guy and you can just see and feel the joy on their faces. Baby T you are one loved little man and are already such a delight to your mommy and daddy!
Meet the sweetest family- the Casanova's!
There's just something special about the adventurous spirit shared between brothers. These three little guys were the cutest and their individual personalities were coming out left and right! You've got sweet Nicholas, the oldest of the bunch, then Derek who is all about the hugs and kisses and has the cutest dimples that will just melt you, and of course youngest brother Bradley who is inquisitive and isn't bothered by the commotion around him- he's busy doing his own thing! And mom and dad... well, they've got the whole raising boys thing down. Definitely loved spending time with them and seeing all of them love on one another. Aren't they such a beautiful family!?! Enjoy!
She got out of the car and you could immediately see the beautiful twinkle in her eye and the smile that flashes those pearly whites and produces the sweetest dimples. I had never met Sarah before, but boy was I in for a treat! This girl is not only beautiful but has a love for photography- a kindred spirit.
And you know what... this girl is a natural in front of the camera! Enjoy a few of my favorites of this beauty!
Sometimes I wish you could jump into the screen and meet the people that are on here face to face. Just to have the chance to chat with them. I sure love the privilege of getting to know people who are beautiful inside and out and have so many God given qualities that make them so unique. Meet Emily...
Emzy is a beautiful young woman full of her own spunk and sweetness. I think you'll agree, she's a stunning young lady! She's got a bright future ahead of her and a loving family supporting her along the way. Em, keep pushing forward!